DADU: The Sindh Abadgar Board has spoken out against the building of the Nai Gaaj dam, warning that once completed, the dam would kill the centuries-old civilization spawned by Manchhar Lake and cause severe agricultural and economic crises in the region.
At a press conference held at his home in Bhan Syedabad town, SAB Sehwan chapter vice president Attaullah Brohi, a water expert, said the dam would store 750,000 cusecs of water not flow into Manchhar Lake, causing a crisis in the region.
18.5 percent water from Nai Gaaj nullah and Main Nara Valley Drain through Aral head. According to a Sindh government survey on ‘options for the ecological sustainability of Manchhar Lake,’ the lake received Aral tail, Danister canals and other small nullahs, according to Mr Brohi. He has worked on Manchhar Lake and rainwater from the Khirthar mountains.
According to the PC-I of the Nai Gaaj dam prepared by Wapda, after the project is completed, the dam will store 750,000 cusecs of water that will flow into it from its catchment area. According to the PC-I of the Nai Gaaj dam prepared by Wapda, after the project is completed, the dam will store 750,000 cusecs of water that will flow into it from its catchment area.
He said that the dam would rob 40,000 families of their livelihood and leave 30,000 acres barren due to its construction. Besides, he said, 16 small dams built by the irrigation department in the Kachho region will prevent rainwater from reaching the lake.
Thousands of peasants, he said, would suffer significant losses if water flows to the lake were cut off. It will also affect 100,000 people who live in 400 small and large villages surrounding the lake. The Nai Gaaj dam construction cost Rs16 billion and will cost another Rs30 billion before it is completed.